TLC Green Products
At TLC, being green is part of our culture. We accept our responsibility for taking care of the Earth and we want our customers to choose TLC products not only because our products are of high quality and very effective, but also because they care for the environment as much as we do.
But, it is not easy for the modern environmentally savvy consumer to know which products labelled“environmentally friendly” or “environmentally safe” are truly safe and do not causes any harm to the environment. The terms have been freely used by the producers of just about anything, including cleaning products, making them practically meaningless.
At TLC, we want our consumers to know exactly what we mean by ‘green product’ and what we have done to ensure that our products are actually environmentally friendly. Our Green Policy spells out exact criteria for any product to be labelled as ‘green.’
TLC Green Policy
According to the very strict TCL Green Policy, products have to fulfil very strict criteria in order to be declared ‘green.’ For example, the detergents in all TLC products that contain detergents have to be readily biodegradable, what means that they degrade by 70 per cent or more in 28 days. At TLC, we use plant-based products from renewable resources instead of petrochemicals whenever possible. Our products do not contain any toxic chemicals such as phosphates, chlorine, oil-based hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons, alkyl phenol ethoxylates, carcinogens or heavy metals. All our products are safe to use, non-dangerous and our industrial degreasers are quick-breaking.
We believe that waste is one of the biggest burdens on the environmental and we work very hard to minimize it. All packaging we use is recyclable.We also encourage our clients to recycle the packaging they receive with our products.
In order to help our customers understand the terms used when talking about “green” cleaning products, we defined several characteristics of our products that we consider particularly environmentally significant. This can also help explain the difference between the TLC products and the products that do not follow our strict environmental standards but might still be labelled ‘green.’
Biodegradable substance or product is able to break down in the environment by the natural activity of bacteria. Just how biodegradable is a product depends on the nature of the product, the type of bacteria, environmental temperature, aeration, presence of water and other relevant environmental factors. In fact, the term “BIODEGRADABLE” is completely meaningless when used on its own, regardless how much it is being used in advertising. To be classified as biodegradable, TLC products have to follow two standards: Australian Standard AS4351 “Biodegradability of Organic Substances in an Aqueous Medium” and OECD “Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals.” TLC uses only surfactants classified as READILY BIODEGRADABLE, what means that they degrade by 70 per cent or more in 28 days.
Plant-Based Renewable Resources
Chemicals are made from petrochemical such as oil, gas or coal, or from plant renewable resources. TLC uses products made from plant-based renewable resources whenever possible. For example, we produce detergents from sugar and potatoes and solvents from vegetable oils.
Phosphates are chemicals that act as nutrient when released in the environment. They can promote the growth of algae, which choke the waterways and starve all life from oxygen. TLC products do not contain any phosphates.
Many effective cleaners and sanitisers are sodium hypochlorite or bleach-based. Although hypochlorite is considered safe for the environment because it degrades rapidly and turns into salt and oxygen, TLC has created a range of effective chlorine-free products for those consumers who still have some concerns about the bleach.
Oil Based Hydrocarbon Free
TLC products do not contain any hydrocarbons made from petroleum. They are made from plant-based renewable resources.
TLC products do not contain any chlorinated hydrocarbon (CHCs) solvents, which are suspected to be carcinogens, toxic to humans and resistant to natural biodegradation.
TLC products do not contain any carcinogens, substances suspected of causing cancer in humans according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC).
Alkyl Phenol Ethoxylate-Free
TLC products do not contain any alkyl phenol ethoxylates, chemicals toxic to wildlife, not readily biodegradable in the environment and classified as oestrogenic, causing abnormal sexual development in fish and other aquatic animals.
TLC products do not contain any naturally occurring heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and lead, which can be toxic to humans and can contaminate ground, drinking water and atmosphere.
TLC products are classified as non-dangerous goods according to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code. It means that they do not present risks to the unprotected user or threat to the environment.
TLC industrial degreasers are designed to be “quick breaking” or rapid emulsion breaking. TLC defines quick breaking those degreasers that start to break within five minutes of collection.
TLC uses only product packaging that can be recycled by local recycling systems. Plastic containers and plastic components used by TLC are made of the type of plastic that is recycled in Australia.